Before we get started on this one I feel it’s only fair to warn you that my freshly done #brows are not for the faint hearted. But that’s how I like them – full, sculpted and dark. Look away now if that’s not for you!
However this technique can easily be used to achieve a more subtle outcome by adjusting the tinting times and application method. So just experiment and learn by trial and error – just as I did.
I’ve tried many different brow techniques over the years (except microblading which interests me greatly!) and the outcome I get from my own method is definitely the one I prefer. I’ve used countless beauticians who’ve waxed, plucked, threaded and tortured me in all manner of fashions and also tried pretty much every tinting product going. While I’ve (almost) always been happy with the results, for me there’s just nothing like getting it just right yourself – preening and tweaking to your hearts content …
A quick warning – if you do attempt any of the techniques/products I mention, do so at your own risk and please perform a skin test at least 48 hours before hand.
Now that’s out of the way we’ll move onto the good stuff:
You Will Need:
- Cotton Pads
- Angled Brush
- Brow/Lash Tint
- Cotton Buds
- Sensitive Hair Removal Cream
- Flat Brush
Make sure your brows and the skin around them are perfectly clean, free of makeup and oils and brushed through thoroughly.
(Excuse the dopey look but pictures are very necessary in explaining the process so unfortunately you must be subjected to them!)
Mix your tint per the instructions, making sure there’s enough for your lashes if you want to tint those too! I use the Eyelure Pro-Brow dye kit which you can pick up from most drug stores and even supermarkets.
I tend to go for the black kit as I like to dye my eyelashes too and, as I mentioned earlier, I like dark #brows! You do also have to allow for some fading which happens quickly over the first few days with regular face washing as you’d expect.
(If you want a guideline then outline your desired shape with a brow pencil first.)
Apply the tint with an angled eyeliner brush and be as liberal as you like! I apply the tint to skin as well as brow hairs to tint the areas where there are gaps from years of over-plucking, and to achieve the desired result. Any mistakes can be cleaned up with your trusty cotton buds which are also perfect for carving out your shape!
After this step pop the tint onto your lashes using the same angled brush. I literally paint the product on until all my lashes are coated but still feel comfortable and not overloaded. (You can use a spoolie for this stage but I find it doesn’t deposit enough tint.)
Then you’ll have something that looks like the above. Don’t be scared, it won’t be this dark when you remove the tint – and the sooner you remove it the lighter the results. Make sure you check the packaging for accurate developing times, but I leave my brows tinting for around 10 minutes.
After the tint has developed test a small area by rubbing away the product with a cotton bud to ensure you’re happy with the result. It’s a good idea not to get rid of your mixed tint until you’ve completed the whole process in case you need to do any patching up.
Once you’re happy with the colour remove from your brows with a clean cotton pad, but leave the tint on your lashes to develop further. The picture above shows my eyebrows following the tint. (The blocky, squared off effect fades within a day to give you a more natural, feathered look and if I want to achieve this sooner – some vigorous scrubbing would remove it as it is just tinted skin.) As you can see my brows look fuller and already more sculpted!
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a wimp and have a very low pain threshold so it’s no surprise my hair removal of choice is a pain-free method.
It’s at this stage that the Nair Sensitive Hair Removal Cream comes into action. (Whatever product you choose make sure it is sensitive and suitable for use on your face.)
Before applying the cream make sure the skin is clean, dry and completely free of tint. Brush your eyebrows upwards with your spoolie so you can clearly see the regrowth that needs to be tamed and outline with an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner if you feel you need a guide.
I then take my flat eyeshadow brush and pat on the cream liberally to the regrowth only. If you get any into your brows don’t worry – the cream doesn’t take immediate effect and you’ve plenty of time to wipe away with a cotton pad or bud.
Once you’re happy, leave to develop for the specified time (usually around 20 minutes for me – I do leave it a tad longer as I have stubborn thick hair.)
After developing time remove the cream with a clean cotton pad and your pesky regrowth should melt away with it! If any clingers on have decided to hang back, grab a pair of tweezers and show them what for, the cream will have loosened them considerably so they’ll pluck out painlessly. (Phew!)
It’s after this stage that I also remove the tint from my lashes and give them a little curl to see the full effect.
Et voila! Perfectly shaped brows!
I find this lasts me around 2 weeks before I need to re-do the process, but you may get longer if you aren’t after such a dark result and if your brows aren’t as unruly as mine!
Here’s a little before and after for you so you can really see the result.
To take care of your brows, use a light moisturiser after removing the hair removal cream as the skin will be sensitive for a while. Try not to scrub the brow area too much when face washing to avoid stripping the colour and be handy with those tweezers whenever you see a stray appear to keep them in good shape.
I continue to fill in my brows as normal with myfavourite products, currently Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil and Benefit Gimme Brow to set, but don’t need as much product when they are freshly groomed. The result is definitely strong but I love it!
Let me know in the comments below if you give any of these methods a try! Or if you have any tips and tricks I’m always keen to try new beauty hacks!